King Richard

critic Reviews

, 90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • King Richard transcends sport biopic formulas with refreshingly nuanced storytelling -- and a towering performance from Will Smith in the title role.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David StrattonThe Australian
    Brandi is a more interesting character, thanks to a superb performance from Ellis, and their scenes together are the best in the movie, although the tennis sequences are very well shot and edited.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    Smith is entertaining. His single-mindedness should make him a bore but he somehow retains his talent to amuse whatever else is on his mind.
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    Mara ReinsteinUs Weekly
    Featuring a towering performance from Will Smith in the title role, proving that a hero is not necessarily easy to root for.
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    Max WeissBaltimore Magazine
    This is a dream role for Will Smith and he attacks it with gusto. Williams is a larger-than-life character who just happens to be real, and Smith embodies his underdog, combative, indefatigable spirit to perfection.
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    Soraya Nadia McDonaldAndscape
    King Richard has a Will Smith problem. It is obviously meant to be award catnip for Smith and a cinematic crowning for Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena. And yet Smith's starring role may be the weakest part of the film.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    In this compelling, well-acted but conventionally told biopic about the unconventional dad of tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams, actor Will Smith makes another convincing bid to collect some acting trophies.
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    Cris KennedyThe Canberra Times (Australia)
    ... Uplifting film that reminds us of the democratic power of love and talent to build community.
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    Zoë Rose BryantNext Best Picture
    Though King Richard has a familiar framework, there is an infectious power, passion, and poignancy infused in every shot, allowing this story to represent the sports drama at its strongest and most soul-stirring, in wonderfully subversive ways
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    An easy win rather than an all-timer.
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    Erick EstradaCinegarage
    Obvious in its worst sense... [Full review in Spanish]
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